Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

Fifth-graders participated in a recent program at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell called "Torah Academy." As part of the Hebrew curriculum, this pilot extracurricular program began in January 2007, teaching fourth- and fifth-graders to read Torah from the ground up. They learned Torah trop -- the signs in the Chumash that tell the reader how each word should be...
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Fifth-grade students from Perelman Jewish Day School's Stern Center recently held an Invention Convention, where teachers encouraged the students to look closely at themselves and the world around them. Students read biographies of inventors and dressed like them as they explained, in the first person, the inventor's life and invention. Discussions also took place addressing the moral implications of inventing...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Halfway through the recent movie "Definitely, Maybe," an old Jewish joke winds its way into one of the scenes. Kevin Kline, playing a middle-aged professor, has just suffered a heart attack. Lying on hospital bed, a nurse leans over him and asks "Are you comfortable?" Without skipping a beat he responds, "I make a living." I like that joke because...
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Jessica Katz (left) and Sarah Eidelson, co-organizers of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy's Human Rights Conference, present Omer Ismail, keynote speaker and Darfur activist, with a conference T-shirt that bears the clarion call: "If not now, when?" Ismail was joined by 15 additional speakers on human rights, whose topics ranged from issues related to migrant workers, health care, the Holocaust...
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Aaron Dalton, JE Feature
On a crisp, clear morning earlier this month, I found myself more than 5,000 feet above the desert outskirts of Phoenix in the basket of a hot-air balloon with nothing but a wooden floor and thick wicker walls separating me from a fatal drop. But instead of cringing in terror, I felt elation as we soared gently on the breeze,...
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